Mayor Ruben Pineda is joining nine other mayors in a nationwide initiative to reduce heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 killer, by encouraging residents to get up and get moving.
He will kick off the City’s third annual “Move with the MayorTM” , a month-long series of walks/physical activity events that aim to boost physical activity, foster community, and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease across the City, with a 30-minute walk on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. The community walk will start this day from Norton Creek Elementary School, located at 2033 Smith Road.
“Being physically active can have numerous benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke,” said Mayor Pineda. “Still, it can be hard to fit physical activity into our daily routines. That’s why I’m hosting a series of walks/physical activity events throughout West Chicago to show that fitting 30 minutes of activity into even a hectic daily schedule is possible and can be incredibly rewarding.”
Move with the MayorTM, a partnership between the City of West Chicago, Healthy West Chicago, and the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, encourages residents to join the Mayor in physical activity for 30 minutes on either Saturdays or Sundays in the month of September.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing approximately 610,000 people each year. It does not have to be that way because three of every four people can prevent it through healthy diets, living smoke-free and increased physical activity, such as walking, says John Clymer, executive director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention.
“Seventy-one million Americans do not get enough physical activity in their daily lives, and that increases their risk for heart disease and stroke,” said Clymer. “And by getting up, getting out, and walking more — perhaps from one meeting to another or other ways in their daily lives — a person can reduce his or her risk and have a longer, more active lifestyle.”
One of the goals of Healthy West Chicago and Mayor Pineda is to motivate West Chicago residents to walk or move to improve their cardiovascular health.
“While we’ll be walking throughout the month of September, I urge West Chicago residents to find a form of physical activity they enjoy and stick to it, whether it’s taking the stairs, dancing, swimming, or bike riding,” said Carly Smitherman, Program Administrator for Healthy West Chicago. “By doing our part, we can help build a healthier, more dynamic community.”
According to the National Forum, research shows that moving for just 30 minutes a day can help combat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, three of the biggest risk factors for heart disease affecting about 47% of all Americans.
About 1 in 3 U.S. adults (about 75 million Americans) have high blood pressure, the CDC reports. But hypertension doesn’t just affect adults. A study from the CDC found that 4% of U.S. youth ages 12-19 currently have high blood pressure, while 10% are at risk. The leading cause for children is obesity, and, in many cases, hypertension in both youth and adults is preventable through increased physical activity. According to new U.S. government guidelines, children ages 6-17 should get at least one hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day and should limit the amount of sedentary time spent in front of screens, such as tablets and televisions; adults, meanwhile, should aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity movement a week. Additionally, all Americans can benefit from eating more balanced diets filled with heart-healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
“Mayors around the country recognize that by helping people to become more active in their everyday lives, they can help people have healthier and more vibrant lives,” said Clymer.
Mayor Pineda’s kick-off Move with the Mayor™ walk will hopefully draw a wide cross-section of the community including families with young children, teens, and seniors. For details on additional walking dates, times and locations in September, please visit www.westchicago.org under Special Events/Move with the MayorTM.
To learn more, visit https://www.nationalforum.org/
ABOUT THE NATIONAL FORUM FOR HEART DISEASE & STROKE PREVENTION
The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention brings together the most dynamic and diverse organizations in cardiovascular health, providing a forum and outlet for organizations to amplify their voices. Our members currently represent more than 80 national and international organizations from the public and private healthcare organizations, as well as faith, advocacy, academic, and policy settings. The National Forum is an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3), voluntary health organization. To learn more, visit www.nationalforum.org.